Training Tips to Get a Herding Breed Puppy to Stop Nipping the Kids

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: June 4, 2018

In this puppy training session we worked with Coby, a nine-month-old Corgi who needed to stop nipping at the kids and learn how to play with the kids without biting.

After I arrived I sat down with the guardians to chat with them about their main puppy behavior concerns. I learned that Coby was nipping at the kids and the parents wanted him to learn how to play without nipping. Since nipping is typical behavior for a puppy and especially for a herding breed we discussed ways to help the kids keep Coby calm so he didn’t get too hyper and start nipping. We also introduced new games with rules to help Coby, which you can see in the video below.

I want to remind the guardians that if Coby starts to get too excited during a play session he can take a break in his puppy playpen. The playpen should be used, not as a time out, but as a proactive way to give Coby some down time when the kids play so he can learn how to control his nipping behavior. This will also allow him to play with his own toys and chew on a KONG or a bone while he is in the playpen.

By the end of the session Coby was learning how to be calm and play by the rules. To keep up with this good behavior the guardians will want to keep up with the rules and structure that we put in place to keep Coby calm. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Coby’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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